Richik Sarkar

Biography

Richik advises and advocates for clients working in media, technology, utility, real estate, finance, retail, and other industries. He spearheads commercial, consumer, and cybersecurity, complex and class action litigation (often related to unfair and deceptive trade practices, consumer regulations, and government sanctions) and special projects for his small, middle market, and Fortune 500 companies.

He also counsels clients with respect to risk and crisis management and is regularly sought to speak on issues related to corporate and governance strategy, policy management, regulatory investigations, and fiduciary liability. When working with a client, Richik considers the short- and long-term goals and develops a strategy specific to those objectives. That means addressing any immediate issues his clients are facing, while also contemplating ways to avoid any similar challenges in the future. Setting Richik apart from many of his peers is his willingness to challenge assumptions and employ creative and strategic thinking to resolve immediate and underlying business issues and disputes. He succeeds because he recognizes his clients are not interested in litigation or scholarly legal analysis; instead, Richik provides commercial judgment and legal intelligence strategically deployed to make his clients successful.

He is consistently recognized as one of The Best Lawyers in America® and Ohio Super Lawyers and is on Lawyers of Color’s first Nation’s Best list. 

Education

  • Case Western Reserve University  (J.D., 1998)
  • University of Michigan  (M.S.W., 1994)
  • University of Michigan  (B.A., 1993)

Bar Admissions

  • Ohio
  • Michigan

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin
  • U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois

Affiliations/Memberships

  • Law360 Privacy & Consumer Protection Editorial Advisory Board, 2017
  • Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD), fellow, 2017
    • LCLD Fellows Alumni Executive Council, Outreach Committee vice-chair, 2018–2019; chair, 2019–2020
  • National Asian Pacific American Bar Association, member
  • South Asian Bar Association of North America, member
  • South Asian Bar Association of Ohio, Board member, past president
  • Asian American Bar Association of Ohio, Board member
  • Eighth District Judicial Conference, lifetime member
  • William K. Thomas Inn of Court 
    • Ssecretary/treasurer (2007 - 2008) 
    • Executive Committee, member at large (2005 - 2007)
  • American Bar Association, member
    • Fellow
    • Business Law Section; director, Cyberspace Law
    • Committee to International
    • Coordinating Committee (ICC)
    • Business Law Section; administrative director, Diversity and Inclusion Committee
  • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, member 
    • Board of Trustees (2011 - 2014)
    •  Fellow
  • Ohio State Bar Association, At-Large delegate to Council of Delegates (2007 - 2009)
  • International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP), member
  • National Association of Corporate Directors, member
  • Defense Research Institute (DRI)
    • Cybersecurity and Data Privacy Committee, Steering Committee member
    • Government Enforcement and Corporate Compliance Committee, vice chair
  • Greater Cleveland Partnership 
    • Government Affairs Council
    • Middle Market Committee
    • Equity & Inclusion Division - Board member
  • 50 Club of Cleveland
  • Leadership Cleveland 2015 Class vice president
  • WKSU Community Advisory Council
  • NACD (National Association of Corporate Directors)
  • Association of Defense Trial Attorneys, Cleveland prime member

Distinctions

  • Lawyers of Color’s Nation's Best List (2019)
  • "Who to Watch in Law," Crain's Cleveland Business (2016)
  • The Best Lawyers in America®,  Commercial Litigation (2013 - 2019; 2021)
  • Ohio Super Lawyers (2012 - 2019)
    • Business Litigation
    • Consumer Law 
    • Appellate, Civil Litigation: Defense, Banking, and General Litigation 
  • Ohio Rising Stars® (2005 - 2007, 2009, 2011)
  • “Cleveland’s Finest” by the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (2001)